Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, a Forsyth County non-profit organization, is inviting children ages 12 and under to display their artistic talents in their annual America Recycles Day contest. This year’s theme is "Let's Talk About Invasive Species."
Invasive species, also known as exotic, nonnative or introduced species, are plants and animals that have been introduced, either intentionally or accidentally, into areas outside their natural ranges and cause economic or environmental harm. These species are capable of having a negative effect on Georgia’s economy, natural environment, and human and animal health.
“Part of the fun of our contest is that entries need to include our mascot, Echo the Squirrel™ and the kids have the opportunity to win cash and other prizes while learning."
The contest is open to children in Forsyth County public and private schools and home-schooled students. Winners in two age groups, 8 and under and 9 to 12, will be awarded in first, second and third place. Sawnee Women's Club, another Forsyth County non-profit, donates cash prizes for winners.
“Our mission through these contests is to educate children and the public about the environment,” said Carleton. “We are hopeful that the contest will get children talking to their parents, that teachers use this year’s theme as a learning tool in classrooms, and that our community will be impacted in a positive way.”
Complete contest details, official rules and entry form can be found on Reaping Nature’s website at www.reapingnature.org.